HHS golf second, wins WAC

By The Hays Daily News

LIBERAL -- Second place on Tuesday at the Liberal Invitational was enough for the Hays High School boys' golf team to finish in first place in the Western Athletic Conference, ending Dodge City High School's two-year reign atop the conference.

Led by junior Nathan Romme's 4-over 76, good for third place at Willow Tree Golf Course on Tuesday, the Indians finished with a team score of 321, two strokes behind first place Garden City High School.

Dodge City took third with 329, followed by Great Bend's 346 and Liberal's 359.

Rounding out the individual medalists for the Indians were senior Kaden Beilman (79 for sixth) and sophomore Payton Ruder (81 for 8th). Senior Lane Clark (85), junior Cash Hobson (87) and senior Chase Lynd (89) also competed.

Hays High completed the five WAC tournaments with 21.5 points, holding off second place Dodge City's 19 points. Garden City finished third on the season with 18.5 points, followed by Great Bend's 11 and Liberal's five.

The Indians placed three golfers on the All-WAC team (top six), led by Beilman, whose 52.5 points was good for second place in the conference. Ruder was fourth with 50.5 points and Romme sixth with 39.5 points.

Clark was named All-WAC honorable mention with 35.5 points.

Garden City freshman Taylor Larsen was named the WAC Player of the Year with 67.5 points. His 73 was enough to take first place on Tuesday in Liberal, with Great Bend's Chance Haney finishing second with a 76.

Hays High coach Mark Watts was named the WAC Coach of the Year.

The Indians will host their Class 5A regional on Monday at Smoky Hill Country Club. Hays High will compete with Great Bend, Liberal, Newton, Salina Central, Salina South and Valley Center, with the top three teams advancing to the state tournament in Wichita on May 27.